General Information

Contact Dept

  • Address:
    Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Room 302
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • Vital Records (Birth, Death, Marriage):
    (559) 600-3476
  • General Information (Recording):
    (559) 600-3471
  • Email Department

Obtain Copies of Marriage Certificates

Requests for Recorded Documents can only be made in person or by mail. We do not accept requests for copies of documents by phone, fax or email. Documents can be ordered online through an independent partner company. Details and a link to their site are on the Ordering Records Online page.

Please be sure the information you supply is complete and accurate. If you request a copy of an official record and we must do a search to find that official record and find nothing, we are not able to refund the fee. The California Statutes require us to retain the fee as a search fee. The fee schedule is availiable on the Recording Fees page.

Our location, hours and mailing address can be found on the Contact Information page. Request forms and instructions on filling them out are located on the Forms page.

If you plan to marry and need to obtain a Marriage License or for copies of Confidential Marriage Certificates, contact the Fresno County Clerk. Divorce (Dissolution) information is available from the Family Law Section of the Superior Court.

Anyone may obtain a restricted certified copy of a birth or death record. The record is for informational purposes only and may not be used to establish identity. Restricted copies will have across the face of the document the words:

"INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY"

If you need a certified copy to obtain a driver's license, passport, or register for insurance coverage you should not use a restricted certified copy of a birth or death record. To obtain an unrestricted certified copy of a marriage record you must be one of the following:

  • The registrant(s) or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant(s)
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling of the registrant(s)
  • An attorney representing the registrant(s) or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant(s) or the registrant's estate

 

What you need to provide:
If you order in person If you order by mail
  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Date of the marriage
  • City where the license was issued
  • Complete sections 1 through 3 on the form. Your signature must be witnessed by a clerk in our office for an unrestriced copy. It does not need to be notarized.
  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Date of the marriage
  • City where the license was issued
  • Complete sections 1 through 3 on the form. Your signature must be notarized for an unrestricted copy.
  • The name and address of the person or agency to whom the copies are to be returned
You may pay in cash, check or money order payable to Fresno County Recorder. A check or money order for the full amount, payable to Fresno County Recorder, must accompany the order. Do not send cash.